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MORE THRILLS AND SPILLS
 
KOTA KINABALU: Several hardcore and regular 4x4 competitors will display their driving skill in an off-road challenge this weekend in several Special Stages (SS) in Pantai Sawangan in Kuala Penyu in conjunction with the annual Pesta Rumbia.

For the first time, such thrills and spills have been included as one of the highlights of the three-day festival, where the Kinabalu Four Wheel Drive Club (KFWDC) was invited by the organisers to stage the event this Saturday and Sunday.

Apart from that KFWDC has also decided to take the opportunity to make the event one of its noble charity contributions towards a charity home for the unfortunate during the opening ceremony, which will be graced by the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

KFWDC President James Wong foresees that the three SS for hardcore and one and two SS for novice ladies and men respectively on the two-day event would certainly be the main attraction for spectators, foreign visitors and enthusiasts.

To make the competition more exciting and thrilling, several local hardcore, Borneo Safari and Rain Forest Challenge competitors will be in action trying to out-do each other with their machines and of course their overall safe driving skill in handling their vehicles through tough obstacles.

He said the competition will also give the public some insight of skill and safe handling of vehicles and knowledge in proper usage of recovery equipment when in difficulty over tough terrain or obstacles, designed not to make things too easy for the hardcore drivers.

However, for the novices’ event, the SS will be much easier but competitors need lots of concentration and of course some driving skill.

This sort of competition for the novices he added, will one way or the other give them all the experience and self-confidence in trying to become reliable drivers, where every measure will be taken when it comes to safety.

When competing in any SS, safety comes first and competitors who try to ignore or fail to follow the rules and regulations will be blacklisted and disqualified, because KFWDC has all along focused on its members’ true discipline driving attitude at any one time.

Registration for all competitors will be held upon the arrival of the convoy at Pantai Sawangan on Saturday, while KFWDC members are to assemble before the opening ceremony for public viewing the next morning before the final SS resumes.

Attractive prizes await the top three winners in hardcore and novice events, including home appliances, electrical goods, auto parts, and car audio systems among the few.

James thanked the organisers in inviting KFWDC to stage such competitions as part of their programmes and looks forward for future cooperation in making the festival more exciting and memorable.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that several hardcore competitors in multiple winner Yong See Long and Pang Ken Vui (2004 Borneo Safari Champion), Chong Yun Choi and John Chak, Yap Swee Siong, Kok Tsin Yee are among the few who will be in the fray.

Regular challengers, who are expected to join and battle with the seasoned campaigners, are Menumbok team of Tan Pek Chun, Penampang’s Melvin Anthony, Tambunan’s James Catherinus and a few teams from Keningau, Ranau and Kundasang. – FRED LEONG ( www.newsabahtimes.com.my )
















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